Will take place at Jo Hood on Saturday 24th January. The quiz will start promptly at 7.30pm.This year it will be £10 per person – this will include a full curry at half time, additional sides & sundries, full quiz and live music……The maximum number per team will be five – as per last year….The quiz will have 8 rounds and the curry to be eaten at half time – estimated to be 8.30pm…..There will also be a Merton raffle on the night – before the final round of the quiz! To reserve a table and of course a team – I must be notified please so I can ensure on numbers – catering & comfortable seating – lay-out for all……… As always peoples and your support of these events and inviting friends / entering teams is hugely helpful towards making the night a success – so please continue to do so! Many Thanks Sherbs 07595709933

Teams & team captains so far entered: (people looking to enter their own team or join a team STILL CAN – they simply need to ask the relevant people)
Team Handsome (2s – captained by CJ Rayner & Jason Thomas)
The Un-dateables (last year’s winners) captained by David Quainton
The 1s (captained by Simon Clapperton & James Tilley)
The 6s captained by Steve Burchill
Lewis Ackerman – The 1s
The Murphy’s
Back Saturday (Mark Chappell, Mike Reed, Paul Welch, Simon White, Arturs Ivanovs)
The Under 12s x 3 teams
The Under 8s
The Presidents Team
The Under 11s
Wimbledon United Cricket Team (Peter Brown)
The Rayner’s

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Presidents Cup

Old Ruts  (1) 3 Merton   (1) 2

This is an excellent Christmas event for our club and it is a pity when Old Ruts put on such a good show that we are not able to support it better. It was a little difficult to raise a team and i was grateful to the last minute call ups who stepped into the breach so we fielded a good eleven of enthusiastic players. And we played some good football.

The game started pretty evenly but we were reliant on a well organised defence with Rat at the heart of it. We had some good passing moves but our attacks seemed to break down in the last third. But after 25 mins Ricardo broke down the right and was brought down heavily for a penalty and Femi slotted it to give us the lead,. Unfortunately Ricardo was unable to continue although he hobbled along till half time. They were soon level when we conceded a free kick which we did not defend that well but it was well flighted and headed in. One sporting moment in the first half should not go unmentioned when the ref awarded Old Ruts a penalty and the player owned up to there being no contact. Good stuff.

At half time we pressed one of our supporters Darren to change into the kit and make up the eleven which he did with great purpose and commitment.  The game opened up and there was some good attacking play. We had a good chance when Seb broke free but fired narrowly wide.fNo sooner had Femi cut in from the left and hit a fierce shot against the bar than Old Ruts broke downfield and a cross and header gave them the lead. And that was the end of the scoring. Although we did have chances to equalise but they had better ones to wrap it up completely. The game was played an a good surface and was wel reffed. Thanks  to Old Ruts for their excellent hospitality and laying on this fixture which is such a good post Xmas event for us. Thanks to the supporters who braved the elements; it was a touch parky  but the curry warmed you up after. Thanks to Steve Dewsbury for helping out and running the line and all the lads who stepped up and played.

Team;  Arturs, Chris Outred, Rat, Paul Welch. Neal, CJ Rayner, Seb, Femi, Matt, Denys Ricardo (Daren).

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This was going to be another stern test for Merton as we travelled to table topping Poly in Chiswick. Another SAL club with really good facilities and 6+ pitches. I was surprised to see the Uni side playing a training match on the 1s pitch as this has always been jealously protected and consequently it was not quite so good as in the past but it was still a very good surface. Poly have had a little dip in form lately losing in the cup last week at HSBC (3rd Div) and at home to Alleyns. We were out of the blocks very quickly and created a couple of openings and it was a few minutes before Poly got into the game. They are clearly a very good side and neither side really got on top, but just before half time of a pretty even contest a Poly break resulted in a penalty. Whilst it was not the best Angus saved it and we went into the break all square.

Poly started the second half better and created  and missed a pretty good chance and then scored with a really great strike after Angus had made another great save. We came back at them really well and played some really good attacking football, breaking from defence and passing incisively. None better than Will Low who was filling in at left back for Al Gladkow and was outstanding. Ackers got the ball in the net with a good lob but was penalised for offside or a push on the centre back, could have been either, probably neither. This was a short reprieve as another flowing move started down the left and swung across field opened up Poly’s defence and Vanny rifled it home. For the next 15 mins we created and Poly had a number of escapes with Snooks, Vanny and Tills all having chances. At the end  though Poly came back at us and a snap shot in the last moments went desperately close.

This was the best that I have seen Merton play. Clappers had the side really well organised and everyone did their job. The back four was excellent and Will Low showed his value to the side with an outstanding performance in an unfamiliar left back position. Snooks was magnificent in mid field well supported by Woody and Tills who battled well. Ackers lead the line tirelessly but a worrying hammy caused his substitution. Bosh and Vanny threatened down the wings, replaced with 10 mins to go by Dan Whiteman and Tom Rowe whose fresh legs were welcome relief. Angus in goal was our Man of the Match in an excellent team performance. The game was well reffed by Mr. Turnbull and Poly’s hospitality was very welcome.

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After 3 weeks on non-football due to poor weather conditions, the U8 were back in action.

They boys were eager to play again and their enthusiasm got the better of them, as they conceived within a few seconds from the kick off.

However, the team kept their spirit up and replied with tenacity and great team work against a very well organise and skilful Carshalton side.

As the game progressed in the second quarter, Carshalton got the upper hand and went ahead and seemed to be able to control the game.

Not so! The U8 never gave up and turned around the game in the last two quarters, bringing home an emphatic and well deserved win, with the invaluable support given by the ever present “Parents Fan Club”.

The MOM was Joseph.

As always, thanks to all spectators and well done to both team for a great game of football.

under 8+parents

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Saturday night (13th Dec) saw the traditional Merton Club Fancy Dress Christmas drinks in the bar and it was really buzzing. With the 1s getting a good draw at table topping Poly and the Reserves excellent performance in beating Poly res  4-2 at home there were a lot of happy Merton members in the bar. Thanks to Peter and Jasper for manning the bar. And to all those who supported the function and dressed up.

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Sundays Youth Results and a very good day for Merton in their last games before Christmas. The Under 8s beat Esher Colts 6-0, the
U11s beat Kew Park Rangers 3-0 and the U12s beat Esher Lions 3-1 with goals from Charlie (MOM) Fabian and Joe Adams from the spot. Well done to all the boys, parents and Managers. Excellent results.

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Todays Resu;ts 1s get a well deserved point at table topping Poly. Angus (pic) saves a pen and Vanny scores again. World War 1 commemorative pic 2s beat Poly res 4-2 with Femi getting a couple of goals and Will Taylor and Craig Usher scored. 3s lose a close one at Old Ws 1 nil and 5s draw 0-0.

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6s played Old Wilsonians 8s at weekend, who had a player marking his 1000 appearance for the club.  Bruce Graham who is the 4th member of Old Wilsonians to make it to 1000 games, a remarkable achievement for Bruce and just shows what a strong club Old Wilsonians are.

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This was a very  competitive SAL Intermediate Division 2 game played at HSBC’s Beckenham ground with wonderful facilities. It was another very welcome 3pts and a second consecutive win for Merton Res. The team had changed somewhat from last week but still seemed strong enough to deal comfortably with HSBC who were bottom of the division. This was far from the caes as HSBC battled hard and played some very good football right to the end. It was in fact HSBC who went ahead after about 15 minutes with a good move and early cross from the left with a good finish. This set back galvanised Merton who played with more urgency and Will Taylor’s surging run past defenders caused their last man to concede the penalty which was probably the red card not the yellow he was given . I understand the ref, Ray Gangadeen’s reluctance to send a player off. Femi tucked the penalty away confidently. This was not an easy game to referee and Ray did well enough. Soon we were 2-1 ahead when  Will was played through and scored comfortably. Then a long Sherbs clearance was flicked on by Femi to Jason who outpaced their defence down the right and crossed for Will to  make it 3-1 with an excellent goal and that was the half time score.  The second half started with a narrow escape for Merton but then we created a number of really good chances from good attacking play but missed them all hitting the bar, post or straight at the keeper. Their culprit in the first half was lucky to not get a t least a second yellow for a nasty tackle with 20 mins to go. But energy levels were beginning to sag and HSBC were not for giving up and scored a terrific second goal with about 15 minutes to go and were dominating the game so that when a good move produced their equaliser near the end it looked very much like a point apiece. Some late pressure from us inspired by Wilgo and Will coming on and re-energising our effort produced some sustained pressure and corners and the final one was flicked on and into the net by Femi to secure the 3pts and the ire of the HSBC GK who hotly disputed the award of the corner and was fortunate not to get a red card. Sadly for HSBC the game ended on a rather sour note whilst we remained somewhat bemused but pleased with the 3pts. This was a really exciting game to watch and both sides played a lot of good football with some excellent goals. Will Taylor was outstanding injecting pace energy and enthusiasm into the game when we went 1-0 down.He was Man of the Match (pic) Femi bagged a couple again but this was a good all round team performance with a squad well managed and lead by Wilgo. Well done lads.

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